This new musical about a Filipino Faith Healer peddling hope to sick people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District offers a story about faith, immigration, and the unique Filipino experience in America. More…
From the show:
Felix Starro is a famous faith healer in the Philippines whose clients included celebrities and big politicians. After falling on hard times, Felix decides to go to San Francisco with his young grandson to set-up shop for ailing Filipinos in the Bay Area- to earn just enough money to go home and retire comfortably. Unbeknownst to Felix, his grandson Junior has plans of his own to leave his grandfather and take his chances as an undocumented immigrant What happens to them is a story about faith, immigration, and the unique Filipino experience in America.
See it if Interesting themes: father-son rift, loss of identity, loyalty vs. honesty, Filipino culture. Interesting music.
Don't see it if Characters are too shallow to sustain a 2 hour show. Once the main conflict is established, it drags. Some off-pitch vocals.
See it if interested in new musicals & Philippine artists & creators, stories about the faith-healing culture of late 20th century, father/son tales
Don't see it if don't like musicals, esp. small chamber ones, no interest in Philippine culture or faith healing scams, or slow, frustrating situations
See it if Sweet & sour Latin/Asian fraudulent-charismatic psychic surgery pop malady musical. Well-utilised set."If you have faith it must be true."
Don't see it if Exploiting the vulnerable, pure, faithful & absolute. Rebuffed AIDS victim as "lost cause." Stolen identity subplot for disavowing the past.
See it if you enjoy an interesting new musical performed and written by Filipinos. Good characters with intelligent plot. Nice singing.
Don't see it if you don't like shows about immigration or faith healers.
See it if you're interested in some insights into another culture, some good singing & songs, great band; particularly liked Caitlin Cisco.
Don't see it if score OK but poor lyrics; inconsistent singing and acting; actors pushing sets back & forth is distracting; by end of play the actors moved
See it if Engaging short story treatment evokes mood over plot/argument. U don’t expect all shows w/ prominent ethnicity to be about ethnic oppression
Don't see it if want a fully polished show or one that follows all the formulas. U only like shows w/ prominent ethnicity if they omit ethnic oppression
See it if rich and varied composition spanning all major past and present composers; bona-fide showstopper number, very good unknown cast
Don't see it if storyline stakes seem moderate at best; production values often get in the way of presentation, Tagalog-ism humor may ring hollow
See it if really enjoyed this dark musical about psychic healers...talented cast...great singing...
Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy...2 hours..no intermission..
See it if you like a refreshingly new musical with great singers, creative use of the stage and highly entertaining music!
Don't see it if you don't like musicals or only those shown on Broadway.
See it if / to support the 1st off-Bway musical created by and for Filipino-Americans; for a dark, squirmy, cool way into the immigration conversation
Don't see it if you're very squeamish; musicals are not your thing; you prefer a lot of uptempo and flashy numbers.
See it if Totally original. An interesting story, uniquely Filipino. For the story alone is worth seeing
Don't see it if the musical part is mediocre. Too much down time for a musical. Perhaps the subject matter is too dark for musical.
See it if Acters, singers, choreography, band were great. Story unusual and refreshingly different from anything on Off Broadway.
Don't see it if Small cold theater, bring warm clothes, bare bone and depressing set, 2 3/4 hrs without intermission, some of the songs were too lengthy
See it if you want to try to understand what motivates troubled people to seek alternative solutions to intractable problems.
Don't see it if you cannot believe that people would be desperate enough to seek relief from a faith-healer.
See it if absolutely fascinating story, amazing cast, amazing seeing an all filipino cast and creative team!
Don't see it if you're not interested in historical narratives that link to today's issues
See it if you like to see shows with the perspective of another culture, you want to be solidly entertained
Don't see it if you want songs you'll be humming as you leave the theatre, you expect big $$ spectacle, you don't want to think about illegal immigration
See it if You enjoy pleasant and clever songs enhancing a predictable but absorbing plot with strong performances.
Don't see it if You dislike cliched immigrant stories that portray immigrants as less than perfect.
See it if You like works that are relevant, superbly written and cleverly directed. The cast is superb all around and the live music is top-notch!
Don't see it if Everyone should see Felix Starro!
See it if A timely tale. Mostly young talent that shines. Each has a a spot in the limelight .Clever placement of the band Variety of songs see moe
Don't see it if 2 hours should have an intermission (my 90-100 minute rule of thought) ie: Director's option in that span
See it if Filipino musical about faith, illness, and love within context of colonialism, poverty, racism, bad health care,& immigration. Great singing
Don't see it if Slow start but heats up in 2nd half. Faith healing, undocumented people's stories annoy you. Could be longer to fill in openings in plot.
Also Diversity: all Filipino cast! Even one gay man with AIDS character.